Mercy Corps gets slot on aid network

EDINBURGH-BASED Mercy Corps was today confirmed as one of the top organisations specialising in disaster response to be selected for a new UK rapid response network.

The announcement by the UK Government’s International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, means the charity will be among those able to respond quicker as part of the UK’s response to major crises across the world.

The network, called the Rapid Response Facility, will mobilise life-saving support in the critical hours following a humanitarian disaster, improving the UK’s response to major international crises.

Mervyn Lee, executive director of Mercy Corps in Edinburgh said: “The Rapid Response Facility will help us get essentials like clean water, emergency supplies and health treatment to those who need them within days rather than weeks.”